FITZROY, Captain Robert, King, Captain Phillip Parker, & Darwin, Charles
Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle Between the Years 1826 and 1836. Describing Their Examination of the Southern Shores of South America, and the Beagle's Circumnavigation of the Globe. 3 volumes in 4
London, Henry Colburn, 1839. First edition
[Vol.1] xxviii, [iv], 598pp.; [vol.2] xxiv, [ii], 694pp., [ii pp. addenda]; [vol.3] xiv, 630pp., p.609-616 [index]; [vol.4 ("Appendix to Volume II")] viii, 352, 16pp.(adverts August 1839), 48 plates & charts after King, Fitzroy, Augustus Earle & Conrad Martens, 8 folding maps in rear pockets [2 in facsimile]. Bound in modern half calf, spines raised in compartments, some internal staining and foxing. Apart from the 2 folded maps in facsimile (one each from the Fitzroy and King volumes), all plates, charts and maps are present, as are the half titles, and advertisments to Vol. 4. A handsome set
4 volumes (comprising volumes 1-3 and appendix to volume 2), 8vo (232 x 140mm.), The first volume `Proceedings of the First Expedition 1826-1830' written by King (the first Australian-born hydrographer), is his account of the expedition in the Adventure and Beagle , which surveyed the coasts of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. The second volume `Proceedings of the Second Expedition 1831-1836' and the appendix volume describe the second voyage of the Beagle under Captain Fitzroy, which visited Brazil, Argentina, Tierra de Fuego, Chile, Peru, the Galapagos Islands, Tahiti, New Zealand, Australia and other islands and countries.The third volume `Journal and Remarks 1832-1836 by Charles Darwin Esq. M. A.', is Darwin's account of the Beagle's voyage. This is the first issue of Darwin's first published book - the publisher later in the same year re-issued it with the new title `Journal of Researches'